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January 30 2015

Broomhill Primary rebuild plans submitted
Glasgow City Council has submitted plans to replace the 1950s era Broomhill Primary School, Hyndland, with a £5m new build property on Edgehill Road –part of a city wide commitment to overhaul all primary schools.

Occupying a tight 1 hectare plot the building is intended to adopt an ‘urban approach’ that reflects the scale of surrounding tenements, bringing the bulk of the building out to the street rather than envelope it within a defensive perimeter of playgrounds.

Providing 18 classrooms the school will also offer a hall, gymnasium and drama studio for shared community use with interior spaces arranged around a central atrium.

Designed without a defined front or back owing to the lie of the land, although public areas are given larger window openings with the main entrance overlooked by a large feature window.

In their design statement the council noted: “The atrium is at the heart of the school from which a classroom wing, public wing and playground are all accessed. The simple layout creates a clear delineation between the various uses within the school and creates an orientation aid for the buildings users.

“The strong geometry of the building is created by carving into the form, allowing light to penetrate deep into the plan. The deep shadows that are cast contrast with the strong horizontal lines of the brickwork, which provides detail and texture.”
A multi-use hall will be provided for pupils
A multi-use hall will be provided for pupils
Mezzanine levels allow light to penetrate deep into the plan
Mezzanine levels allow light to penetrate deep into the plan

Mottled red brickwork has been selected to marry with sandstone tenements
Mottled red brickwork has been selected to marry with sandstone tenements
Public entrance points are defined by full height glazing
Public entrance points are defined by full height glazing

The new schiil will abut directly onto the street
The new schiil will abut directly onto the street

5 Comments

james
#1 Posted by james on 2 Feb 2015 at 17:14 PM
naebad fur the fifties. Make the images greyscale and the building even looks modernistic and forward-looking post-WWII austerity. Same brave new world, same austerity.
Graeme
#2 Posted by Graeme on 4 Feb 2015 at 14:30 PM
Sorry to disagree, I think it looks like a sharp piece of contemporary architecture. It sits well on its sight, and (from what i can see - i don't know the area) looks to compliment the surrounding buildings.

It has lost its nerve with those coloured columns though. Bit of a cliched after thought for a primary school.
See U Jimmy
#3 Posted by See U Jimmy on 4 Feb 2015 at 22:48 PM
Any pictures of the atrium Urban Realm?

Why make a statement about it and not include them?

Like the brick... not so sure about the white render.
urban realm
#4 Posted by urban realm on 5 Feb 2015 at 09:24 AM
Sure, I've popped a few online.
james
#5 Posted by james on 5 Feb 2015 at 09:39 AM
Interesting. Surely, more corporate than primary school? The austerity of the dining room hall would scare the shit out of me as an adult never mind a child. But I am forgetting, we mistakenly treat our children like corporate adults now. Interesting, the Victorian virtues, FFS.

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